When I lived in Mcleod in India I started doing meditation. Every morning I got up at 6:00 -6:30 am (early, hum? Well, I definitely thought so, but my students looked at me in surprise and said, ah, teacher likes sleeping in.. because they got up at around 4 or 5 am! )
So every morning I sat on my balcony with a cup of coffee and listened to Cat Stevens’ ‘Morning has broken’. I watched the sun rising and with that the whole world transformed into a place full of life. And I was right there in the middle of it all. I watched ants which were so busy with their work that they didn’t care about me at all. I watched birds which interacted with each other in such a playful way and seemed to purely enjoy the prospect of another day on this planet. I looked at the mountains which had been there for such a long time and if they could talk they would tell you the most amazing stories. I watched the clouds continuously changing their shapes. I felt the wind blowing gently on my face. I opened all my sense and the world opened up to me. It was a feeling of completeness, of interconnectedness. Although I was there all by myself, I felt I was surrounded by love and life. I breathed in and I felt the air was full of energy, full of bliss which slowly spread out through my whole body. It was a warm feeling, a feeling of inner peace! I was alive!
From that time on I promised myself to take some time every morning to actually open up my senses and let the world in. Because no matter where you are and what else is happening in your life, there is beauty out there and if you only open your senses this beauty can reach you and can actually melt into you. This has such an empowering, energising and calming effect that it can transform your thoughts, your mood and your emotions throughout the day.
A beautiful start to the day!